The Beethoven-Haus was founded in 1889; the complex in Bonn brings together Beethoven's birthplace with a concert hall and a research center. This website brings together over 6,100 documents, 1,600 files, and 7,600 text files that tell the story of this masterful composer and musician. A good place to start is the Highlights area, where visitors can look over versions of the Pastoral Symphony, the Ninth Symphony and other works written in his own hand. This area also includes correspondence from Beethoven. The Sounding Autographs area allows visitors to listen to his music and follow the notes of fifteen different compositions. The site also includes sections titled Sketches by Beethoven, Copies by Beethoven, Written Documents, and Pictures and Objects. A search engine rounds out the site, which is a great tool for musicologists and those seeking specific works and the like.
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